March is Pharmacist Awareness Month. I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize the important role that pharmacists play in Canada's health care system and encourage Canadians to Think Pharmacists.
Pharmacists are important members of the health care team. They work closely with other health professionals to empower patients by providing them with the information they need to be involved in their own care. In recent years, the pharmacist's role has expanded. Pharmacists now play a vital role in promoting safe and effective medication management, health promotion and disease prevention. They are a trusted source of advice, education and information. Their expertise enables better health outcomes, improved patient safety, and reduced health care costs.
Pharmacists are important players in advancing our efforts to support health care innovation and improve the health care system for Canadians. They are also playing a key role in helping to address the opioid crisis by providing advice to patients on the proper use of prescription drugs. In addition, pharmacists have also been working collaboratively with provinces and territories to support access to naloxone in communities across the country.
I would like to thank pharmacists across Canada for their dedication and commitment to keeping Canadians safe and healthy. I also encourage all Canadians to play an active role in your own care. If you have questions about medications, talk to your pharmacist. They can help.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health